Brewery News

  • Gosforth Gold 1 Drone Valley Community Brewery - Their second beer, Gosforth Gold, was launched in two venues on the same day with first pour events at the Beer Stop in Dronfield (pictured) and the Miners Arms in Hundall.
  • archeology brew Welbeck Abbey Brewery - Here at Welbeck Abbey Brewery we’re elated to announce that our first pub ‘The Portland House’ is currently being planned, prepped and polished ready for opening in August.
  • Abbeydale Belfry pump clip Abbeydale Brewery - Huge thank you to all those who came out to support SunFest once again! It just keeps on getting better and better each year! We will announce shortly how much we managed to raise for JBMF, so keep you eyes peeled on our website and also jbmf.co.uk. I think we will sit down for a moment before we start planning next year's festival which will be the 10th
  • TMB14 Greece-Proof Steel City Brewing - Steel City's latest brew is another tongue-in-cheek political reference, referencing the suggestion the ECB print future Euro banknotes on Greece-Proof Paper.
  • cropped-dronevalleybrewery-logo Drone Valley Community Brewery - Establishment of the brewery is well under way to make the brewery a fully-fledged community benefit society. This means that surplus profits to be donated to local good causes.
  • Exit 33 Charity Brew Day Exit 33 - At a recent charity quiz night at The Harlequin, Annie Stoker won a brew day experience at Exit 33. She brewed a special Charity Pale Ale and the brewery will make a cash donation to local youth homeless charity Roundabout for every pint sold.
  • Beer of Yorkshire Awards Bradfield Brewery – Pale is the new gold - Bradfield Brewery’s Farmers Pale Ale has struck gold in Rotherham CAMRA’s Beer of Yorkshire Awards 2015.
  • landscape brewed in Sheffield-page-001 Exit 33 - Exit 33 is providing beer and the infrastructure behind the Brothers Arms beer festival at the This is Heeley event 24th – 26th July.
  • arch-logo-clear-back-1 Welbeck Abbey - We have an exciting new partnership on our hands! The Roman Southwell Archaeology Community Project was established in January 2014 and since then has quickly gathered pace. They have not only conducted field walking and aerial surveys, but are now well on their way to conducting an excavation. To help raise awareness of this project, […]
  • Sunfest logo Abbeydale Brewery - It's that time of year guys, SunFest is upon us! The Rising Sun at Nether Green (the 83A and 120 bus stops right outside the pub!) is the place to be from 9th - 12th July for over 100 beers and ciders plus top quality entertainment and of course the annual Dog Show on the Sunday afternoon.

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Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Grantham CAMRA

Wed 5 – Sat 8 Aug

Featuring a range of around 30 real ales, ciders and perries at Grantham Railway Club, located about a 3 minute walk from the railway station. Open 11am to 11pm each day. Free entry for CAMRA members. Direct trains run from Sheffield to Grantham every hour, operated by East Midlands Trains on the Liverpool-Norwich route.

Great British Beer Festival

Tue 11 – Sat 15 Aug

CAMRA’s huge annual national celebration of beer held in London’s Olympia exhibition hall. It features real ales from across the UK and America, bottled and draft beers from around the world and traditional ciders and perries. There is also food, stalls, games and more. Opens 5pm to 10:30pm on the Tuesday, midday to 10:30pm Wednesday to Friday and 11am to 7pm Saturday. Various entry prices apply with discounts for advance booking, see www.gbbf.org.uk.

Regular trains and coaches run from Sheffield to London St Pancras/Victoria with discounts for advance booking – check out East Midlands Trains, National Express and Megabus.com. The festival venue is alongside Kensington Olympia London Overground station.

Rock the Carnival @ Barlow Brewery

Sat 15 Aug

Barlow’s annual village carnival is a great day out and features a parade, funfair, scarecrows, well dressings, stalls and more. Barlow Brewery runs a music festival on the Saturday alongside the carnival, a small admission charge gets you into the farmyard where there is a programme of live music (acoustic during the afternoon and livelier rock’n’roll into the evening), a beer tent showcasing the brewery’s beer range and food. Wristbands are issued so you can come and go as you please – you can enjoy watching the carnival parade with pint in hand!

TM Travel bus 16/16A (Dronfield-Chesterfield) runs past the brewery gate.

Coachstock @ The Coach & Horses

Sat 15 Aug

The Coach & Horses on Sheffield Road in Dronfield host  a programme of live music, food, family fun and additional beers on an outside bar. Bus 43 stops right outside.

Peterborough CAMRA

Tue 25 – Sat 29 Aug

Held across multiple giant marquees on Peterborough’s Embankment – a riverside park featuring over 400 real ales plus cider, perry, world beers, food, games, stalls, music and more. For opening hours and entry prices visit www.beer-fest.org. East Midlands Trains run direct trains from Sheffield to Peterborough every hour on the Liverpool-Norwich route with discounts available for advance booking.



  • IMG_0960 Pub of the Year 2015 - At the recent branch AGM, the winners of our Pub and Club of the Year competitions were announced by outgoing branch Chairman Alan Gibbons.
  • IMG_6056 National Club of the Year - CAMRA recently announced the winner of their National Club of the Year Competition as Wortley Men's Club, which beat off competition from over 28,000 clubs nationwide.
  • Exposed Awards - Exposed Magazine presented their Sheffield awards on the 12th March and a number of real ale outlets won awards. ‘Best Traditional Pub’ went to the Fat Cat, ‘Best New Bar’ went to the Beer House Micropub, ‘Best New Restaurant’ went to Anchorage. Best local Brewery was awarded to Kelham Island Brewery.
  • Steel City Beer Awards - Several teams of judges blind tasted all the beers in the festival by category on the opening night. The category winners were then judged against one another to produce an overall winner.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • POTS WINTER14-15 MINERS ARMS HUNDALL Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15 - Our Dronfield & District sub branch have voted the Miners Arms at Hundall as the winner of their Winter Pub of the Season award.
  • Anglers Rest DPOTY July presentations - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Shop News

  • IMG_20150410_105919 Hop Hideout expands - After 16 months trading within Vintedge on Abbeydale Road, the award winning Hop Hideout has moved location to an independent neighbouring shop at 448 Abbeydale Road; nestled alongside the original unit in the Antiques Quarter.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • DSCF1873 The Beer Stop @ Dronfield - In addition to a number of very good pubs, a new craft beer off licence has opened in Dronfield in December
  • beer-central sds proper logo Beer Central celebrates first anniversary - “The bells were ringing in Beer Central last month as they celebrated their first birthday on the 25th November.
  • HopHideout Hop Hideout celebrates first birthday - Sheffield based specialist beer shop, Hop Hideout, is celebrating its first anniversary after opening its doors in November last year.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.
  • img_2604 New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.

Other News

  • Worksop & Retford Brewery story continues - Local Sheffield CAMRA members, Dave Pickersgill and John Stocks gave an illustrated talk, 'The Worksop and Retford Brewery,' at The Station Hotel, Worksop on Thursday 26th March.
  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.

Pub News

  • shapeimage_1 Coach & Horses, Dronfield - A new free live music event is set to burst on the scene in Dronfield this August.
  • Harlequin Roof Terrace Harlequin, Nursery Street - Live music dates for August are: 1st Blues Train; 8th AK47 80's tribute band; 15th Rodger; 22nd Hobo Shakes and 29th Outside the box.
  • Sheaf View POTM Sheaf View – a good time was had by all… - On the 9th of June CAMRA members and pub regulars gathered at the Sheaf View for a multiple celebration – the pubs anniversary, the launch of Neepsend Brewery beers and our presentation of Pub of the Month. Delicious freshly carved roast lamb sandwiches were available at a reasonable price to raise funds for the Heeley […]
  • The Angel Hotel, Spinkhill The Angel at Spinkhill - The Angel Spinkhill Community Interest Company (CIC) recently concluded the sale of The Angel, to Chris and Jean Norfolk. Chris is a successful and experienced local restaurateur who the CIC believe has the vision and expertise to take The Angel forward as a thriving pub/restaurant.
  • shiny sheff Shiny Sheff - After being closed for six months, The Shiny Sheff at Lodge Moor reopened after a major refurbishment, even the car park is weed free.
  • WhatPub What does the committee pubs officer do? - Sheffield CAMRA's new Pubs Officers, Paul Crofts and Mark Boardley on the challenge of keeping track of Sheffield & District pubs.
  • Neepsend Brewco Sheaf View - The Sheaf View, Heeley will be hosting a night not to be missed on Tuesday 9th June. We are delighted to be accepting the Sheffield CAMRA pub of the month award for June 2015 and are also taking the opportunity to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the pub re-opening under it's current ownership.
  • Planning news – pubs under threat and some new ones! - Potential lost locals...
  • theplough640 Save the Plough! - With over 20 pubs a week closing, another local under threat is not headline news and many people may not give it a second thought. However, a group of local residents have launched a strong campaign to save the Plough Inn on Sandygate Road, Crosspool.
  • Harlequin pic Harlequin - The Harlequin now has a dedicated Cider Bar meaning that 3 of its 14 real ciders are available on hand pull. The rest are still available, obviously, but if you're desperate for a pint to fill the 30 seconds required for someone to run to the cellar, you'll not be left thirsty.

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Inn Brief

  • Devonshire Cat

    The Devonshire Cat continue with their programme of food and drink themed evenings, dates coming up of interest to the beer drinker include a night dedicated to strong beers, a night for Stouts and Porters and a night all about Abbeydale Brewery. See their advert elsewhere this issue for listings.


Campaign News

  • List Your Local Logo Final (1) Sheffield ACV update - Sheffield and District CAMRA has piloted a national CAMRA scheme which encourages branches to nominate pubs in their area as Assets of Community Value (ACV). The scheme is now open to all CAMRA branches.
  • WhatPub What does the committee pubs officer do? - Sheffield CAMRA's new Pubs Officers, Paul Crofts and Mark Boardley on the challenge of keeping track of Sheffield & District pubs.
  • Brief report from the National CAMRA Members Weekend & AGM - A few of us from Sheffield & District branch spent the weekend in Nottingham for the national CAMRA Members Weekend
  • So what actually is this real ale you talk of and what is CAMRA about? - Real Ale, also known as cask conditioned beer (although is also available from bottles or key-kegs as well as casks!), is traditionally the British way of doing the best, freshest craft beer.
  • New committee, new start - The new Chairman is Andrew Cullen, editor of Beer Matters, and we also welcome some new committee members in the shape of Branch Secretary Sadie Skipworth who has recently moved to Sheffield from Norwich, Beer Festival Organiser Louise Singleton and Pubs Officer Mark Boardley.
  • Science, history and brewing at Kelham Island Industrial Museum - As it was both National Science Week and Sheffield Beer Week, it was appropriate to have a beer-themed Science event at the venue of the Sheffield CAMRA Beer Festival.
  • Make your pub an asset of Community Value - Pubs that are listed as Assets of Community Value (England only) require planning permission to be demolished or changed to any other use. In effect existing permitted development rights will be removed for pubs listed as ACVs for as long as the pub is on the local authorities list. These landmark changes can be attributed […]
  • Craft beer becomes an everyday item… but what is it? - The latest Retail Price Index (RPI) now includes ‘craft beer’. Hence, we contacted the Office for National Statistics for their definition: ‘The aim is to pick up prices for a single 500ml bottle of beer. They are not mainstream beers, are usually well packaged and are sometimes considered to be of higher quality. They must […]
  • Ah, the old sparkler question… - While downing a convivial pint with friends at one of Sheffield’s premier cask ale pubs, I was dismayed to find that while the beer was served in oversized glasses, there was an absence of the good thick creamy head which typifies (or used to typify) a pint of fine Yorkshire ale. The little head there […]
  • General Election – are you voting for pubs on May 7th? - We are now just days away from the General Election and the campaigning is well under way. It is crucial that candidates standing in our area recognise how important community pubs and real ale are to you as a potential voter. Already, 772 candidates nationally have pledged their support at the time of writing. A network […]

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